This article was translated by John R. Bopp
Miren Arzalluz, who was once the curator at the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, and the director of the Etxepare Institute, also has a masters in comparative politics from the London School of Economics.
A few months ago, she was selected by the City of Paris to curate the Fashion Museum, a world leader in the field, and a major step up for this Basque.
The New York Times has just published an interview with her by Dana Thomas, as she talks about her career and the personal aspects of a curator who’s still “unpacking” her belongings in her new Paris apartment.
The only thing that surprised us in the article was the “relaxed” definition of the Etxepare Institute. It’s much more than a “cultural center in San Sebastian”; it’s a tool for the Basque Government to project and spread Basque language and culture internationally. That means the director of that governmental organization holds a very important office, with a huge deal of responsibility on his or her shoulders.
It’s a great article about a Basque who we’ll be hearing a lot more good news about in time.
New York Times – 5/3/2018 – USA
Paris’s Fashion Museum Gets a New Director
As director of the Palais Galliera for the last eight years, Olivier Saillard elevated the city of Paris’s fashion museum to must-visit status, thanks to programming that encompassed everything from performance pieces by Tilda Swinton to the first Azzedine Alaïa retrospective in the city. So the fashion community was stunned last summer when Mr. Saillard abruptly announced he was quitting in January to become artistic director of J.M. Weston, the French luxury men’s shoe company.